May’s birthstone, emerald, is aptly named the gem of spring. Its vibrant green color evokes a lush garden. In fact, inclusions in emeralds are sometimes called an internal “jardin,” the French word for “garden.” The most desirable emeralds range from bluish green to green with vivid color saturation.

If you’re considering an emerald purchase, GIA’s Emerald Buying Guide puts all the information you need at your fingertips, including what quality factors to look for and an explanation why the most common cut of emerald is, appropriately, the emerald cut. Bookmark and share!